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Spark is what it's about

Friday, March 15, 2013

Now and then I will hear someone mention that they prefer some tool on another site. And that's cool, it's certainly possible for some other site to have a feature that is better in one way or another, certainly according to individual perception. A lot of other sites' titles have to do with exercise, or weight or eating.

I was thinking about this relative to what I learned a couple of weeks ago, that only 1% of National Weight Control Registrants lost their weight through exercise alone. Not to diss exercise, 90% of them did use exercise, it was just mostly alongside dietary modifications. Just the significance of that sank in as I thought about the name Sparkpeople.

Sparkpeople isn't just about exercise, or just about food or weight. It is somewhat closer to say it's about health. It's been a year since I really read the Spark, but what the Spark refers to is how good it feels to inspire people to improve their lives. It's a lot about motivation, but I think the idea it really gets at is support. Goals and tracking and attitude all fit in with that, as does physical, mental and social health.

If I recall correctly, the reason Sparkpeople focuses on health is because health improvement is a nearly universal goal in our society. It often, but not always, involves weight management. They say flowers aren't in the business of giving bees nectar. They are in the business of spreading pollen. But to attract the most bees, they give nectar, and they have pretty flowers to help the bees remember. I suppose it's an indirect effect like that.

Anyway, this is just my attempt to explain what I was thinking about the SparkPeople concept. It's not new or anything, I just saw it in a new light relative to what the other websites emphasize through their titles. And I really do think that when it comes to sustained maintenance, support and motivation really are the thing.
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TANYA602 3/16/2013 2:34PM

    I couldn't have said it better! In the last month I actually stopped my SP Coach payment and thought I would dip my toes in the waters of another website. But, there were nagging reasons why I came right back and paid up here on SP today.
Reason #1: I didn't/couldn't/wouldn't want to even try make it thru my day without checking in daily with my SP friends.
Reason #2: I don't have time to spend on any more websites than I currently use to track my well-being, much less loose all of my data here or even learn how to enter new data on another website.
I am probably due to read the Spark again, or maybe order the new book. You're so right - this works. So why would we want to try anything else?
Have a fabulous weekend, and thanks for the follow-up on your status update!

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JUMPINJULIE 3/16/2013 11:51AM

    Great prespective i agree competely.

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MISHMOM 3/16/2013 12:49AM

    I agree with everything you said - I don't just look at SparkPeople as a tool, I look forward to going to it everyday, I enjoy learning by reading the articles as well. SparkPeople is fun and motivating! emoticon Great blog post!

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SUGAR0814 3/15/2013 7:58PM

    Great blog! I totally agree!! emoticon

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1EMMA2011 3/15/2013 5:54PM

    I couldn't agree more! Great blog!! Very informative!!

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PMRUNNER 3/15/2013 4:08PM

    I did WW online after baby #3. It worked to get off the weight, but didn't really do much to inspire me. I used map my run for a while to track workouts, but it was missing something. I agree with you, SP is greater than the sum of its tools and trackers (which are good), it is the whole community. There to cheer you on when you succeed, dust you off and pick you up when you fall, inspire you to keep going when you are stuck at the same weight forever and give you lots of new ideas.

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BIGPAWSUP 3/15/2013 3:21PM

    I'm on board with this. Nice explaining!
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POPSY190 3/15/2013 3:08PM

    When I tell people about Spark I emphasize the health and well being aspects and weight loss and exercise as only important parts of it.

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KELLIEBEAN 3/15/2013 2:19PM

    I totally agree! I'm all about overall health and wellness, weight-loss being just a piece of the puzzle!

Happy Friday!

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